The brief time set aside for the boys high school golf season heads into the home stretch as athletes head for regionals — the competition determining which golfers advance to state.
Regionals are scheduled the week of Sept. 16-21. Englewood headed to the 18-hole regional meet at Indian Peak Golf Course in Louisville. There will be 18 schools represented at the Indian Peaks regional, which includes teams from the Centennial, East Metro, Jefferson County and Colorado 7 leagues.
The qualifying format is complex, but Brian DeHerrera, Pirates coach, said the top two teams in the final standings advance to state. Since each regional gets an equal number of qualifiers, the remainder of the qualifiers will be based on individual scores. DeHerrera said traditionally there will be 13 to 15 individual qualifiers and the usual cutoff score for individual golfers is 83 to 85.
“Senior Nate Medina is the Englewood golfer who has a good shot at qualifying for state,” DeHerrera said. “He has shot well all season and his average for our five matches is 81. I feel if he shoots at least that well, he’ll qualify for state.”
The coach said Medina has been playing well and this year has been more focused on his golf game. He shot an 81 at the Fort Morgan tournament and took runner-up individual honors in the competition. It was the highest individual Pirate finish this season.
The round at Fort Morgan helped Medina finish second in the league standings, DeHerrera said.
The Pirate team turned in its best performance of the season and finished seventh in the 10-team field.
The coach said all the golfers were focused on their games this season and every golfer on the roster showed improvement.
Freshman Jonathan Schroeder cut about 30 strokes off his initial outing to post a season-best score of 112 at Fort Morgan. Teammate Jerome Doherty, a sophomore, also dropped his personal best score by about 20 strokes during the season.
Medina set the pace for the team this season as he averaged 81 for 18 holes and his best round of the regular season was a 76.
Sophomore Mason Stepanich had a season-best score of 97 while the remainder of the Pirates golfers, Austin Trail, Spencer Harmon, Collin Owens, Schroeder and Doherty, all had season best scores of 104 or higher.
Four of the Pirates, Medina, Trail, Owens and Harmon, are seniors who will graduate in June. The other golfers, Stepanich, Schroeder and Doherty, are underclassmen and could form the heart of the Pirates team next year.
Editor's Note: No Pirate shot a score low enough to qualify for state.